The Pirates were unable to generate enough offense to combat LA’s early onslaught Sunday in a 15-1 loss to the Dodgers. The Dodgers put up nine runs in the first two innings alone as starter Brad Lincoln lasted only 1 2/3 innings. This was Lincoln’s third loss in 10 starts on the season.
The Pirates’ only run of the day was manufactured when third baseman Josh Harrison doubled in pinch hitter Chase D’Arnaud during the top of the fifth inning with two outs. The Dodgers answered with another run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Trouble started early for the Pirates when Dodger shortstop Dee Gordon tripled to center field. During the next at bat Gordon was driven in on a Jamey Caroll ground out. Matt Kemp then took Lincoln deep, hitting his 34th home run of the season.
By the end of the game, thanks to the early departure of starter Brad Lincoln, the Pirates saw seven different relievers take the mound, all of which gave up at least one hit during their trip to the mound.
Dodge’ starter Billingsley went five innings and gave up one run in the winning effort. The Dodger bullpen combined for four innings of scoreless relief work.
The hitters representing the Pirates one through five spots in the lineup went a combined 3 for 21 on the afternoon. Two of those hits were courtesy of number two hitter Josh Harrison.
Tomorrow the Pirates head to Phoenix for a three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.